NAEP 12th-Grade Achievement Levels
In 2015, 21.8 percent of all 12th graders met the proficient achievement level in math. More than one-third of students were at the basic (37.4 percent) or below basic (38.0 percent) achievement levels. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, and Hispanic or Latino students were about twice as likely to be concentrated in the below basic achievement level as White students. Asian students were the most likely to meet the proficient and advanced achievement levels.
In 2015, 31.2 percent of all 12th graders met the proficient achievement level in reading; 34.5 percent met basic and 28.0 percent were at below basic achievement levels. More than one-third of all Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native 12th graders fell in the below basic achievement level for reading, compared with one in five White and Asian 12th graders. Asian students had higher achievement levels than any other group.
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement
Chapter One: Pre-college Academic Experiences
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U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2015 Mathematics Assessment
U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2015 Reading Assessment
Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant.
Data for Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students are suppressed as reporting standards were not met.
# Rounds to zero.